This workshop will discuss the growing need for pro bono legal services to assist transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients with legal name and gender marker changes, and describe a successful partnership model that has been developed to meet that need. The panel, consisting of corporate legal department and law firm leaders and staff from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund and FreeState Justice, will address the importance of providing these legal services and share their detailed description of how to create a Name and Gender Marker Change Pro Bono Clinic, from start to finish. This discussion will include a focus on the need for thoughtful education around transgender cultural competency issues and how to convince leaders of corporate legal departments and law firms to embrace this important pro bono and diversity and inclusion work.
Speakers: AC Dumlao (Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund); C.P. Hoffman (FreeState Justice); Jennedy Johnson (PECO Energy Company); Melissa Lauderdale-Ward (Exelon); Sophia Lee (Blank Rome LLP); Kathy Ochroch (Blank Rome LLP)
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